Mapping Changing Ecosystems: Understanding Our Impact on the Natural Environment

This free-standing course (7,5 credits) takes departure in a particular case study area to explore its value in human culture, natural resources of the past and future, ecosystems and impact on climate regulation on a planetary and future-oriented scale. The course is given during the spring semester.

In the course, collective research and mapping is used as tools to bring information together in an innovative way, to point out conflicts of interest and symbiotic relationships, in order to gain a deeper understanding of what is really happening in some of the most precious natural environments on our planet. We chart their value to understand the dangers they are facing and how we might balance them.

The course touches on radical cartographies, analyse value systems; such as ecosystem services, the wealth economy, embedded carbon footprint and modern slavery supply chains. We analyse and map the relationships between biodiversity, human labour management, geo-capitalism and the value of clean natural resources such as freshwater and oxygen.

The output of the course is a set of large complex drawings and models which will present these interrelations combining latest data modelling techniques, input from experts living and working with communities on the ground, the analysis of historic information and first-hand contemporary narratives.

The course is closed for application but you can read more about it here.

Starts:   January 17th 2022 

Ends:   June 5th 2022 

Study location:   Varied 

Language:   English 

Type of studies:  Daytime ,  25%, Distance 

Number of mandatory meetings:   No mandatory meetings. 

Number of other meetings:  None